words are an insufficent medium

Even though I’m in disbelief and feeling very disconnected from the "conservative majority" and "heartland" of my country, I can’t say I’m entirely surprised.  I was speaking to a co-worker in our London office today, and she told me everyone she knows is wearing black in mourning.  She was asking how this result could be possible when everyone she speaks to in the U.S. is anti-Bush.  This got me thinking.   Major cities tend to vote Democrat, and my friend in Kentucky, who I know voted for W. once remarked how impressive he found it that I spoke to people outside the U.S. on a regular basis.  I have no conclusion, but who has more life experience and perspective to speak about values, morality, and the overall damage the past four years has done to the reputation of the United States – a cow farmer who’s never left his county or someone who is constantly battling "life" as it can be in New York and who has some concept of the world outside?  I don’t know what I think or believe right now, I’m also burning up that 11 states voted to ban same-sex marriage and even in some cases domestic partnerships.  I try to be optimistic, and I think changing the rigidity of Middle America is progress, but maybe I’ve been deluding myself.